Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Mingo Junction, Ohio
Larry Smith
Mingo Junction, Ohio
Larry Smith is a poet, biographer, memoirist, critic, editor, and professor emeritus of English at Bowling Green State University's Firelands College. He directs Bottom Dog Press and Bird Dog Publishing. Originally from the industrial Ohio River Valley, he and his wife Ann now live along the shores of Lake Erie. Recent title: The Kanshi Poems of Taigu Ryokan, translated by Smith and Mei Hui Liu Huang
Popular Poems
Pulling Wild Thistle
We work for hours
at my son’s house
trimming grass, pulling weeds.
The thistle are taller
Fishing The Lake
What we came for, and what arrives.

My grandson and I walk out the pier
all the way to the lighthouse,
for Zoe Miranda and Alyssa Ann

As I gaze into the faces
of our new granddaughters
Tu Fu Counts His Blessings
Sparrows gather in the back yard
and sit on the fence posts
without any necks. Last summer
we fed them sunflower seeds.
New Breath
My wife agrees to babysit overnight
our new granddaughter—Zoe Miranda.
“They need some time alone, ” she says,
and I think aloud “And so do we.”


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